About Us

Our Mission

The California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) is a constituent-based statewide immigrant rights organization with offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and Oakland. It is the premiere immigrant rights institution in the state that promotes and protects safety, health and public benefits and integration programs for immigrants, and one of the few organizations that effectively combines legislative and policy advocacy, strategic communications, organizing and capacity building to pursue its mission. It is powered by a staff of policy experts and advocates; a Steering Committee composed of 14 statewide organizations; 85 member organizations; and nine regional coalition partners spanning Southern and Northern California, the Central Coast and the Central Valley.

For the past 20 years, CIPC has played a central and essential role in advancing a progressive statewide immigrant justice agenda. For the past 5 years, it helped pass 30 pro-immigrant laws in the state, including: The Safe and Responsible Driver Act, the TRUST Act, the One California initiative, the E-Verify Bill and the Health for All Kids among others -- signature legislative accomplishments propelled by the organization’s ability to coordinate, convene and mobilize a broad and diverse array of advocates towards a common goal.

Our History

The Policy Center, formerly the California Immigrant Welfare Collaborative, was founded in 1996, as California reeled from the ugly aftermath of Proposition 187 and harsh federal copycats.

Our statewide organization helps to develop and support pro-immigrant public policy aimed at improving the quality of life for all Californians. We also provide technical assistance, training and education on immigrant issues.

Our website is a hub of reliable information, advocacy tools, education and research materials regarding California’s immigrants and their economic, social, and demographic impact on our state and nation.

Our Reach

CIPC builds the capacity of regional coalitions through a Capacity Building Project that utilizes a grassroots-led, advocacy-oriented approach. Our organization provides technical assistance, training and education on immigrant issues.

For more information about the Capacity Building Project  visit here.